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Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Blast Off Into Summer Reading! Join us this season for our summer reading activities, ranging from book discussions and films to outer space-themed crafts and projects for children and teens of all ages.

Pick up our book lists at your local library, or download them today from the convenience of your home. Keep track of your ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

What are your thoughts about Queens Public Library Magazine? Share them with us: take our survey now!

Queens Public Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your ...

Free Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Queens Public Library, along with the NYC Department of Education, will provide FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer Meals are open to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Queens ...

Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

It’s our second annual Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

This year, we’ve selected 16 of the best YA books for you to choose from, including Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, and Inspired by Real Life.

Vote for your favorite titles during the month of July, and challenge your friends to pick their favorites, ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for FREE—and make ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

This summer, the Public Theater will present William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in Central Park and you’re invited to get free tickets on the day of the show!

Free tickets will be available on Monday, July 22 at 12pm at Elmhurst Library (86-07 Broadway), and are first-come, ...

City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Jul
22
3:00PM

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Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us in July as we screen movies from the early 1970s.
7/1 - "Butterflies Are Free" (1972)
7/8 - "Chinatown" (1974)
7/15 - "The Way We Were" (1973)
7/22 - "Love Story" (1970)
7/29 - "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972)

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jul
23
10:15AM

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Computer Classes for Adults

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Would you like to know how to use computers, or how to send an e-mail to a friend or family member? These classes are for you.

Topics covered include:
1) Introduction to computers and how to use the mouse
2) Navigating the Internet
3) Creating your own E-Mail account


Jul
24
10:30AM

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Summer Reading: Toddler Time

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This is a program of stories, songs, and rhymes for 2 to 3-year-olds. First-come, first-served.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
24
2:30PM

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Summer Reading: Glow in the Dark Lacing Constellations Cards

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Explore the night sky! This craft activity allows youth to learn about constellations.


Jul
24
4:00PM

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Summer Reading: NASA Challenge

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Using common household items, engineer solutions to problems similar to those NASA encounters on real space missions, like landing equipment on the moon or designing rockets. This program is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.


Jul
25
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes for Adults

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Would you like to know how to use computers, or how to send an e-mail to a friend or family member? These classes are for you.

Topics covered include:
1) Introduction to computers and how to use the mouse
2) Navigating the Internet
3) Creating your own E-Mail account

SunnysideThu, Aug 1, 201910:15AM - 12:00PM

Jul
25
6:00PM

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ShapeUp NYC: Total Body Conditioning Class for Adults

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Zarina leads this fitness class designed to assist with your daily activities, from lifting shopping bags to climbing the stairs and pushing the carts. Using your own bodyweight, we will incorporate moves like squats and lunges that will build muscle, gain strength, and burn calories. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jul
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Summer Reading: Picture Book and Craft Time

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

4 to 5-year-olds will enjoy space-themed picture book stories and making theme-related crafts.

SunnysideFri, Aug 2, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
SunnysideFri, Aug 9, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
SunnysideFri, Aug 16, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
26
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Family Movies

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some fun family movies this July!
7/3 - Cars (2006, G)
7/5 - Finding Nemo (2003, G)
7/6 - The Good Dinosaur (2015, PG)
7/12 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001, PG)
7/13 - Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018, PG)
7/19 - Despicable Me (2010, PG)
7/20 - Minions (2015, PG)
7/26 - Trolls (2016, PG)
7/27 - The Princess and the Frog (2009, G)

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jul
31
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Constellations

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn about different constellations such as the Big Dipper, Orion and Taurus and then make your own constellation to take home.


Aug
1
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: Galaxy Painting

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Make an out-of-this-world galaxy painting using a spray bottle technique and sharpie markers! This program is for teens entering grades 7-12.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Aug
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Family Movies

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great family movies in August!
8/3 - "The Lego Movie: The Second Part" (PG)
8/10 - "The Lego Batman Movie" (PG)
8/17 - "Brave" (PG)
8/24 - "Sing" (PG)

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Aug
5
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great classic movies every Monday:
8/5 - "Waterloo Bridge" (1940)
8/12 - "Sirocco" (1951)
8/19 - "Cheyenne Autumn" (1964)
8/26 - "Donovan's Reef" (1963)

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Aug
5
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Get Published by Embracing Rejection

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Is rejection getting you down? On August 5, identify your fears, name your dreams,and engage in generative writing. On August 12, reframe the submission process and be empowered. Writer Kim Liao leads these immediately useful sessions where writers of all genres can attend one or both classes that will help you get published and get your writing out in the world. Funded by NYSCA and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Aug
7
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Astronaut Glove Box

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Pretend you are an astronaut in space as you complete different challenges.


Aug
8
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: Sew the Stars

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn to embroider by stitching a favorite constellation, or make up your own! This program is for teens entering grades 7-12.


Aug
14
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Star Constellation Viewer Craft

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Make your own constellation viewer as you learn about the night sky.


Aug
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading Comedy and Magic Show with Adam Auslander

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join Adam Auslander in this fun-filled family literacy event that promotes reading in the summer. Children and their family will enjoy an hour filled with laughter and excitement.


Aug
29
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: Teen Closing Celebration

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Teen Summer Reading Closing Celebration! Book logs and game boards are due in order to attend. There will be take-home crafts, games, and giveaways. This program is for teens entering grades 7-12.


Sep
9
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great classics from the 1930s.
9/9 - "Annie Oakley" (1935)
9/23 - "Captain Blood" (1935)
9/30 - "My Man Godfrey" (1936)

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hip and Knee Pain

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Do you suffer from hip or knee pain from arthritis? Come learn some common causes and possible treatments from an orthopedic surgeon from H+H/Elmhurst. All are welcome!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Sunnyside Community Library has:

  • 14 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Sunnyside Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Romanian
  • Turkish
  • Portuguese

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Sunnyside Community Library include:

  • Citizenship
  • ESOL
  • Graphic Novels

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Holy Mountain Nursery #1
41-05 45th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 361-0601
Holy Mountain Nursery #4
45-08 Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 361-0080
Little Friends Sunnyside, Inc.
43-42 47th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 786-4644

Community Board
Queens Community Board #2
43-22 50th Street
Woodside New York , 11377
phone: (718) 533-8773
fax: (718) 533-8777
  

Community Organizations & Services
Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St
Queens New York , 11104
phone: (718) 392-6944
fax: (718) 784-7266
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce
31-10 Thomson Avenue (suite M222)
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 482-6053/8752
Thalia Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3880

Fire Department
Engine 325 / Ladder 163
41-24 51st Street
Woodside New York , 11377
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst New York , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Tribune
Woodside Herald
43-11 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3772
fax: (718) 729-8614
Woodside Times

Parks and Playgrounds
Noonan Playground
43rd St & Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
Lou Lodati Playground
43rd St & Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
 

Police Department
108th Precinct
5-47 50th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11105
phone: (718) 784-5411
  

Post Office
Sunnyside Station
45-15 44th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Queen of Angels R.C. School (preK-8)
41-12 44th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 786-2990
St. Raphael’s R.C. School (preK-8)
48-25 37th Street
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 784-0482
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 150(K-6)
40-01 43rd Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 784-2252
PS 199 (K-4)
39-20 48th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11104
phone: (718) 784-3431
 

Public High Schools
Aviation Career & Technical HS 610(9-12)
43-30 36th Street
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
Queens Vocational HS (Q 600) (9-12)
37-02 47th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 937-3010
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 125 (5-8)
46-02 47th Avenue
Woodside New York , 11377
phone: (718) 937-0320
  

Senior Centers
Sunnyside Community Senior Center
43-31 39th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 392-6944
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1833
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 739
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 427
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
US Congress
Hon. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
District Office74-09 37th Avenue, Suite 305
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: 718-662-5970
Legislative Office229 Cannon HOB
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965

History

The Sunnyside Community Library serves the area bounded by Skillman Ave. to the north, the Queens-Midtown Expressway to the south, 30th Street to the west, and 52nd Street to the east.
The community name of Sunnyside can be traced back to the 1800s, when the Bragaw family of settlers owned the Sunnyside Hill Farm in western Queens. By 1846 a community of houses, farms, and roadhouses had sprung up in the area north of Queens Boulevard. A railroad station built in 1850 was named the Sunnyside Railroad Station. The area still consisted largely of swamps and farmland until the early 1900s.
In 1902, the Pennsylvania Rail Road began buying up property in Sunnyside, leveling the land and filling in the swamps. In 1909 the Queensboro Bridge opened and in 1915 train service between Manhattan and Long Island City began. During the 1920s, Sunnyside experienced a construction boom in residential units following the expansion of the elevated Number 7 Train.
In 1924, construction began on Sunnyside Gardens, one of the nation's first planned communities. The community is located approximately two blocks north of Queens Boulevard between 43rd and 49th Streets. The planners' aim was to advance a Utopian vision by providing affordable, quality housing in beautiful surroundings for working class New Yorkers. In designing the community, architects Clarence Stein and Henry Wright adapted the English garden city model to an American urban environment. In 1974, the City of New York designated Sunnyside Gardens as a Community Preservation District. It continues to be regarded as an outstanding example of urban planning.
From the 1920s to the 1960s, Sunnyside was made up of predominantly Irish, Italian, and Jewish residents. Today it has become one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens. According to 2000 Census data, 61% of Sunnyside residents were born outside the United States. The top 10 countries of origin were Ecuador, Columbia, Korea, Mexico, Bangladesh, China, Dominican Republic, Romania, India, and Ireland.
The first public library facility in Sunnyside opened in 1933 at a location on Queens Boulevard. The Queens Library has been serving the Sunnyside community at its current facility since 1976.  In 2009, the Sunnyside library reopened for service after the completion extensive renovations.
More information about the Sunnyside community is available from the following sources:
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Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.